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Together, Alone: Indigenous Film Now


Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

This series—presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia—will highlight the contribution that Indigenous filmmakers have made and how they are reshaping cinematic representations.

While Indigenous peoples from Australia have been portrayed in film since the beginning of the medium, it is only in the last two decades that Indigenous directors have taken control of the camera to tell their own stories in their own ways. In addition, non-Indigenous directors have had to re-examine how they tell Indigenous stories to ensure that they become true collaborations of meaningful exchange. Whether working independently or collaboratively, Indigenous peoples are taking ownership of their self-representation in documentary, musical, social realism, and avant-garde cinema.

Join us for weekly Sunday matinee screenings during the run of the series.

About today’s film:

Beneath Clouds (2002)
90 min., color; Australia, English

Lena is the light-skinned daughter of an Aboriginal mother and Irish father, and Vaughn is a Murri boy doing time in a minimum-security prison in North West Australia. Dramatic events throw them together on a journey with no money and no transport. To Lena, Vaughn represents the life she is running away from. To Vaughn, Lena embodies the society that has rejected him. And for a very short amount of time, they experience a rare true happiness together.

Berlin International Film Festival
Commonwealth Film Festival
Sundance Film Festival
International Film Festival Rotterdam
Mar del Plata Film Festival
Cleveland International Film Festival
Philadelphia International Film Festival
Karlovy Vary Film Festival
Paris Film Festival
Era New Horizons Film Festival

Director/Writer/Composer: Ivan Sen
Producer: Theresa-Jayne Hanlon
Cinematographer: Allan Collins
Editor: Karen Johnson
Co-Composer: Alister Spence

The screenings will be held in Menschel Hall, Lower Level.

Free admission

Cosponsored by the Harvard University Native American Program.

Support for this program is provided by the Richard L. Menschel Endowment Fund.

Lead support for Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia and related research has been provided by the Harvard Committee on Australian Studies. The exhibition is supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian Consulate-General, New York.